USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2002-011-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s):

Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

Principal Investigator(s): William Schwab

Affiliate Investigator(s): Paul Gayes (Coastal Carolina University)

Information Specialist(s): Jane Denny

Data Type(s): Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sonar: Sidescan

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Map the shoreface off north Myrtle Beach using sidescan sonar, interferometric bathymetry, and SUBSCAN sub-bottom system.


Start Date: 2002-05-01

Start Port/Location: Myrtle Beach, SC

End Date: 2002-05-22

End Port/Location: Myrtle Beach, SC

Equipment Used: Seismic reflection, DGPS, Digital camera, Edgetech DF-1000 sidescan sonar

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Sidescan-sonar, swath bathymetry, and high-resolution chirp sub-bottom data were collected within the nearshore region off the coast of Myrtle Beach, SC (within 1 km of the shoreline).

Staff: Wayne Baldwin, Jane Denny, David Nichols, William Schwab, Charles Worley

Affiliate Staff:
Paul Gayes (Coastal Carolina University)
Neal Driscoll (Scripps)

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Bill Schwab (co-PI), Jane Denny (Data Processing), Dave Nichols (Electronics Technician), Chuck Worley (Electronics Technician), Wayne Baldwin (Watch Stander).

Location Map:


photo of Coastal II
Coastal II


Baldwin, W.E., Denny, J.F., Schwab, W.C., Gayes, P.T., Morton, R.A., and Driscoll, N.W., 2007, Geologic framework studies of South Carolina's Long Bay from Little River Inlet to Winyah Bay, 1999-2003; geospatial data release: URL:

Schwab, W.C., Gayes, P. T., Morton, R. A., Driscoll, N. W., Baldwin, W. E., Barnhardt, W. A., Denny, J. F., Harris, M. S., Katuna, M. P., Putney, T. R., Voulgaris, G., Warner, J. C., and Wright, E. E., 2009, Coastal change along the shore of northeastern South Carolina; the South Carolina coastal erosion study, Barnhardt, W.A. (ed.): 77 URL:

Schwab, W.C., Gayes, P.T., Morton, R.A., Driscoll, N.W., Baldwin, W.E., Barnhardt, W.A., Denny, J.F., Harris, M.S., Katuna, M.P., Putney, T.R., Voulgaris, G., Warner, J.C., and Wright, E.E., 2009, in Barnhardt, W.E., ed., Coastal change along the shore of northeastern South Carolina; the South Carolina coastal erosion study: URL:

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Seismic reflection ---
DGPS --- Navigation
Digital camera --- Photo
2002-011-FA-PH-001 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)
Edgetech DF-1000 sidescan sonar --- Sidescan